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“Great Day for you and the Kids”

The Donkey Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Sidmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - large and small. Come and say hello to some of the hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you. There is also the exciting new Understanding Donkeys Zone and Dr Svendsen’s Writing Hut to explore, as well as guided walks, meet the groom sessions twice daily, the Nature Centre, the Maze to lose yourself in and a range of souvenirs to browse in the Gift Shop. When it’s time to take a well-earned break, the Sanctuary’s new family-friendly restaurant, The Kitchen, provides local, ethically sourced food alongside spectacular views over the donkeys paddocks out to the sea. Open 9am - 5pm, daily. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. Open 365 days a year; entry and parking is free. Dogs on a lead are welcome.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Just so much to say and all positive I have also been to the Spanish Counterpart as well. They do deserve our support and it's free so you can spend a bit in the shop and make a donation. We had luch as well and it was most enjoyable

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Had a great time here. Not many donkeys about to be honest as there was a cold going round and you couldn't access everywhere but still wonderful. It's not about now many you see but the treatment they get and it's wonderful. You can see happy, well fed little donkeys being loved and cared for and that's all you need to see!! The tea rooms were very nice indeed for a spot of lunch. Gift shop has some good things in too. Go and raise some money for a good cause. They are doing a brilliant job!!

1  Thank Markaz
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Every time I visit Sidmouth I go to the donkey Sanctuary. It is a haven of peace and tranquility. The work done there is worthy of support helping both donkeys and children, yet entry is free. The donkeys are a delight summer or winter when they are in the barn. The cafe serves good food and the shop has interesting souvenirs. Children love it as much as adults. The highlight for me is carols with the donkeys at Christmastime

1  Thank k b
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Brilliant day out for Children and Adults. Friendly staff and plenty of things for children to do. There is a nice cafe and plenty of places to sit and have your own picnic. You can also feed the donkeys at feeding time.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Took my husband and little boy to the Donkey Sanctuary, we have been before but not with our son and we knew he would love it and he did. It is set in beautiful Devon countryside and you can walk down to the beach. Entry is free and they are open every day. There are always loads of well cared for donkeys to see and in the main yard area they are free to come and see visitors as they wish so you can sit in one of the benches and they come up to you for cuddles! There is a restaurant there with indoor and outside seating where you can watch the donkeys in adjacent fields. There are picnic benches too. The whole place is beautifully maintained and there are lots of activities -see the website for what's on. There are guided tours with volunteers which tell you more about the work they do both in the UK and overseas. The Slade Centre on site is where children with special needs come to ride the donkeys. There is a gift shop and a room showing films of their work for those wishing to find out more about what they do. Their overseas work is vital for those families at rely on their donkey for family income, many people are not aware of this overseas work. There are also several other UK centres offering special needs children the opportunity to ride. They also take donkeys into hospices and care homes to brighten the day of residents.

A great and peaceful place to visit for all ages.

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